Voices Of Silicon Valley

A new chamber choir ensemble in the South Bay

"...an adventurous new ensemble led by Artistic Director Cyril Deaconoff..."
Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle

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Who We Are

Founded in 2014, our mission is to provide a new outlet for musical collaborations in the Silicon Valley Area, especially multi-media collaborations that make music more exciting and relevant to our audiences through the use of technology.   In particular, we combine vocal singing with technology, thus presenting traditional choral works in a new light, and we encourage local composers & artists to create new works for this special combination.

Singers

Approaching music with open minds, our singers give voice to new musical works from our collaborators, as well as performing works that are rarely heard in the Bay Area

Composers

Working with local composers, we explore a variety of musical styles, including the use of electronic music.   We also use music to highlight local issues, such as the struggles of undocumented workers in the US

Artists

Using slide shows and other visualizations, our artists play a key role in helping our audiences "see" the music, thus giving audiences deeper insight into the musical works that we perform

Technology

Re-imagining the concert-goer's experience by translating sound waves into waves of color, incorporating the use of cell phone apps, or by using OMAX to re-mix what it hears, we use technology to enhance our concerts

About Our Director


American composer, conductor, and organist Cyril Deaconoff, originally from Russia, was born in Moscow.  He attended Gnesine State Music College and is a graduate of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Composition and Conducting).  In December 2006, Deaconoff completed his Doctoral degree in Conducting at Indiana University Bloomington, where he also studied composition with Sven-David Sandström.  Deaconoff�s choral composition Two Choruses for Children�s Voices with Lyrics by Maikov received one of the prizes at the Pushkin Composition Contest in 1998 and was subsequently performed at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory.  A number of his other works, including the choral ballade A Northern Tale, were also performed at the Great Hall.

An active choral/orchestral conductor, Dr. Deaconoff was one of only sixteen conductors chosen by Chorus America to participate in the 2006 Beethoven Conducting Master Class with the Philadelphia Singers and their Music Director David Hayes, and Music Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Christoff Eschenbach.  Deaconoff taught at Carroll College, Wisconsin and Indiana University, and has previously directed Vallejo Choral Society, American Canyon Singers, and was Assistant Conductor for Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale.  Several of his recent works — including A Northern Tale, the cantata Canticles of Love, Despair, and Hope, and the orchestral overture Symphonic Parallels — have been recently published by E.C. Schirmer.  Audio tracks for these and other works may be found at MySpace.  A recording of another recent work, Gloria, may be found on YouTube.  In November 2011, West Bay Opera in San Francisco Bay area presented a workshop performance of Deaconoff's new opera, The Last Tycoon, based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Cyril Deaconoff is also a well-known organist and was one of 7 organists selected from all over the world to perform at the 14th Cesar Franck International Competition and Masterclass in Netherlands in 2013, the only American organist to be given such an honor.  He is in demand as a concert organist and has performed on the symphonic organ at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco on several occasions.

Upcoming Events

January 27, 2018 | 2:00-4:00 pm
Recording Project / Open Rehearsal
Campbell United Church of Christ
400 W Campbell Ave, Campbell, CA 95008

Meet Our Partners

Voices of Silicon Valley is dedicated to the exploration of new music, and the combination of vocal sound and technology.   We are proud to feature work by the following artists, composers, musicians, and technology wizards

Monica Houghton

Silicon Valley Moms
(June 2015)

Cyril Deaconoff

Gloria (Dec 2014)
Kontakion (June 2015)
May My Heart (Dec 2015)

Jessica French

Escape
(Dec 2015)

Alexander Frank

Partials I (Dec 2015)
Psalm 41 (Dec 2015)

Vadim Rivkin

Russian Wedding Chorus
(Dec 2015)

Geoff Schuller

Uniting his love of music with his passion for technology, Geoff spent the first year with Voices of Silicon Valley exploring ways to incorporate software that reacts to our vocal performance, as well as other visuals that complement it.

Taurin Barrera

Taurin is an electronic musician and sound artist whose work explores the interactive connections between technology and perception. His work incorporates technology to augment our synesthetic experiences of sound and visual art — he composes music you can see and images you can hear.

Innovation. Exploration. New Technologies

Do you have an idea for a new piece of work, or would like to experiment with a new form of technology?   Our group is looking for talented collaborators to add to our list of partners. Please feel free to contact us for more details.


Previous Musical Events

MAY 2017

"Stimmung"

Stimmung, by Karl-Heinz Stockhausen,
a seminal work of 20th century avant-garde,
brought back to the Bay Area for the first time in 30 years!

and

"Missa Luba"

A beloved arrangement of
traditional Mass text infused with
African rhythms and tunes

DECEMBER 2016

"The Many Faces of Love"

Songs and arrangements from different periods, classical and pop:
Billy Joel and Victoria, Girl from Ipanema, and J.S. Bach, as well as
Sympathy, a piece for choir, audience, and cell phones.

JUNE 2016

"Hope & Remembrance - Salon of French Music"

Dedicated to the memory of those affected by the terrorist attacks in Paris & Brussels,
this all-French program will celebrate French vocal music from past to present, including
music by Clément Janequin, Francis Poulenc & several contemporary composers

APRIL 2016

"South Bay Sing Along – Handel's Messiah"

Featuring Easter music from Handel's Messiah, bring your own score
(or download the score to your iPad or other mobile device) and experience
Handel's music first-hand by singing along with the choruses

DECEMBER 2015

"Holiday Discovery Train: Vocal Music from Sacred to Jazz"

ALL ABOARD!  This concert invites audiences to discover a wide range of musical genres, from sacred music to vocal jazz. On the program are Poulenc's Christmas Motets, vocal jazz standards from the repertoire of Billy Strayhorn & Manhattan Transfer, several world premieres by Bay Area composers – Alexander Frank, Vadim Rivkin, Cyril Deaconoff – and a new work by Seattle composer Jessica French

MAY & JUNE 2015

"Empathize. Rejoice. Transcend"

Music has the power to touch the heart and uplift the soul ...
We are proud to present the world premiere of "Silicon Valley Moms: Views from a California ESL Class", a new work by Monica Houghton highlighting the struggles of undocumented workers in Silicon Valley. This will be followed by the sublime music of Palestrina's Missa Papae Marcelli, and playful madrigals from the Renaissance period

DECEMBER 2014

"Colors of a Joyous Season"

In this inaugural concert, we present a selection of the most beautiful & challenging works from Bach, Pärt, Messiaen, Taverner & more – all around the themes of joy, creation, and new birth, combined with fascinating visualization technology courtesy of SoundSpectrum


CONTACT US

 Meetup: Voices-of-Silicon-Valley
 E-Mail: voices.sv@gmail.com
 Web: www.voices-sv.org

REHEARSALS
For Fall 2017 rehearsal location and time, please email us!

Join Our Choral Revolution!

Interested in learning more about what we have to offer? Please contact us to attend one of our rehearsals, or send us a suggestion for a vocal workshop. We also have auditions throughout the year for new singers.

Auditions

All voice parts will be considered.  Successful applicants will have a strong background in choral singing, good sight-reading skills, and a sincere interest in a wide range of music from plainchant to contemporary.  An interest in exploring new ways of combining singing with technology and vocal theater, along with elements of audience participation, would also make you a good fit for Voices of Silicon Valley!

For more information or to sign up for an audition, please email director Dr. Cyril Deaconoff or call 812-369-5225.

Recordings

Audio and Video excerpts from our recent performances may be found at our Soundcloud site or our Vimeo site.

Donations

By donating to Voices of Silicon Valley you support the vital work of innovation in choral and vocal field.
All donations made to Voices of Silicon Valley through our fiscal sponsor's Fractured Atlas site are fully tax-deductible.
In addition, you can donate through our PayPal account: voicessv@yahoo.com
Visit our Facebook page, or support us with a gift of your time — as an audience member, volunteer, or enthusiastic member of our mailing list. Contact us to find out how you can get more involved with Voices of Silicon Valley.